Damage Plan/Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell is dead following a bizarre shooting during a Damageplan concert in Columbus, Ohio on Wednesday night.
According to Columbus NBC affiliate NBC4, five people including Darrell were killed and two people were injured when a gun-man jumped onstage and opened fire during the bands first song at Alrosa Villa nightclub in Columbus, Ohio just after 10pm.
The gunman ran onto the stage and fired into the band and crowd while many people initially thought he was part of the act. A security guard tackled the gunman, and the gunman was shot dead.
Dimebag Darrell, born Darrell Lance Abbott in Dallas, Texas on August 20, 1966 formed the legendary heavy metal group Pantera in 1982 with his brother Vinnie Paul on drums and bassist Rex Smith. Vinnie is also a member of Damage Plan.
Their glam metal days changed in 1990 with their major label debut (5th album in total and 2nd with new singer Phil Anselmo). 'Cowboys From Hell' spurred the sound that would change the shape of modern metal.
Pantera disbanded in 2003, years after they had released any new material. Soon after the demise of Pantera, Dimebag and his brother formed the more nu-metal focused Damageplan (that still featured Dimebag's signature guitar tone).